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Bajaj Auto goes to Indonesia with CNG 3-wheelers, 250 units by Oct

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Aug 9 (UNI) Bajaj Auto today launched the CNG 3-wheeler in Indonesia, replacing the dated 2-stroke 3-wheelers that ply in Jakarta, and said 250 vehicles will be available by the end of October this year.

The opening of this market is expected to add significantly to Bajaj Auto's 3-wheeler exports, which crossed the 75,000 mark in 2005-06. 15,000 vehicles are expected to be replaced in the near future.

The company will be retailing the vehicles through its distributor PT Abdi Raharja. The master showroom and workshop is located centrally in South Jakarta.

''We are proud to offer the Bajaj 4 stroke CNG 3-wheelers to the people of Indonesia. Jakarta is a very large modern city and there is a need to replace the existing 3-wheelers with a convenient, comfortable yet economical transport,'' Bajaj Auto Ltd Executive Director Sanjiv Bajaj said.

The Bajaj CNG 3-wheelers, which have a four-stroke engine that can run on both CNG and Gasoline, come with a host of safety measures.

The CNG cylinders are manufactured by Worthington of Austria, and tested and approved by Bureau Veritas, an International testing agency. The vehicle is also fitted with a bursting disc, which acts as a safety valve and releases gas into the atmosphere, if the pressure of the gas in the cylinder exceeds 300kg/cm.

The vehicle conforms to Indonesia's emission norms and reduces Carbon monoxide emissions by over 90 per cent, Non-Methane Hydrocarbons emissions by almost 75 per cent, Carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions by 25 per cet, and Particulate Matter load by 70 per cent as compared to the existing 2 strokes vehicles.

Apart from India, Bajaj 3-wheelers are used in Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, Egypt besides Bangladesh, where 25,000 CNG vehicles are already plying on the roads.

Around 50,000 units are plying in New Delhi and 30,000 in Mumbai.

UNI RA YA RN1838

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